The word “catholic” means universal. We see prophesies about the universality of the Church in today’s readings.
In the first reading from Isaiah 2, the prophet says of the mountain of the LORD, “All nations shall stream toward it; many peoples shall come and say: ‘Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths.'” And in the Gospel reading from Matthew 8, Jesus says, “I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”
Christ’s Church indeed reaches all nations. It’s amazing to think that at any given moment, there is a Mass being offered somewhere on planet earth. The Church is truly universal. Yet there are still so many who have not heard. or simply have not accepted, the gospel. Let’s be sure that we bring the good news to all we encounter today.
Father, we thank you for allowing us to participate in the banquet of heaven, the Mass. May we bring the good news to all and continue to build the Kingdom here on earth. Amen.
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